Samsung-Galaxy-S7-concept-renders-by-Hasan-Kaymak.jpg 1,406×879 pixels 2015-09-10 14-10-33 A Galaxy S7 render that's not real at all

Samsung-Galaxy-S7-concept-renders-by-Hasan-Kaymak.jpg 1,406×879 pixels 2015-09-10 14-10-33

A Galaxy S7 render that’s not real at all

Samsung brought the Galaxy Note5 (sic) and Galaxy S6 Edge+ to market faster than expected (maybe to beat the Apple hype train?), and it looks like they’re pushing the next flagship Galaxy S handset — assumably the Galaxy S7 — through production just as fast. A Samsung device simply labeled as “Lucky-LTE” made its way through Geekbench yesterday, and now a report from the usually-reliable SamMobile claims that the device is indeed an early prototype of the Samsung Galaxy S7…

According to the Geekbench pass, which was noticed by GSMArena yesterday, the “samsung LUCKY-LTE” device has at least one variant that’s powered by a “universal8890,” which is likely to be a Samsung Exynos 8890. More recently, another phone under the codename of the less-specific “lucky” was spotted, powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor. That device has an Adreno 530 graphics chip, a 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 resolution display, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of flash storage:

SamMobile’s report confirms that there are two variants: one powered by an Exynos 8890 and another with a Snapdragon 820. The former is likely the same chip as the M1 Mongoose SoC, and the latter is likely being tested for the US where CDMA networks are still common, the report notes. Also, the Galaxy S7 is being tested with UFS 2.0 storage and a new 20-megapixel ISOCELL camera w/ an “all lens cover.” We’re not quite sure what an “all lens cover” is.

At this point that’s about all we know. The “lucky” codename makes sense: This is the 7-numbered phone, and the number 7 is considered lucky in many cultures around the world. We still don’t know anything about what the phone might look like nor its other hardware specifications, but seeing how early the phone is being noticed in benchmarks, we’ll probably have more information to share with you in the not-too-distant future. For now, I think most of us are just fine with the S6.

Top image by Hasan Kaymak


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